Friday, June 06, 2008

FO: Boteh Scarf

FO: Boteh Scarf
Pattern: Boteh Scarf by Kathy Merrick from Interweave Crochet, Spring 2007
Yarn: 2+ skeins of allhemp6LUX, color: alioli
Hook: 4.5mm (G)
Modifications: 11 triangles instead of 16 called for in pattern yielded a 68" scarf, unblocked.

This is my first foray into working with hemp and it won't be the last. As mentioned, I did not block the scarf because it seems to have maintained its rounded, organic shape. I'm told by those who know such things that the fiber will soften with washing. It's already kind of soft - at least as far as hemp goes. According to the yarn store owner, that softness and subtle sheen is why it is considered "luxury" hemp. Someone on Ravelry likened it to buying jeans that are already broken in.

In other news...
I'm toying with using one of these two patterns for the birthday yarn: Eva's Shawl or Crocus Bud Shawl. Yes, I'm still in the crochet mood.

I just found out that I've been approved for one of the intensive pain management therapy programs at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. I'm hoping this will ease the pain enough for me to knit once again.

Oh, and one more thing. My cousin Simone will be going to the Olympics in Beijing as part of the USA women's basketball team. Pretty cool, eh?

A box of cat. Formerly, a box of cat food.

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Blogger Chris said...

Oy. I first read the title as "FO: BotCh Scarf." Very organic looking!

Well, since the cat food is inside the cat, it could still be a box of cat food, mm?

6/06/2008 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger grumperina said...

Well, it makes perfect sense. It's a natural progression! Cat food today... cat tomorrow!

6/06/2008 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Marsha said...

That is one funky-looking scarf! What an interesting pattern. And the color--I love it!

Oh--and very cool news about your cousin being in the Olympics!

6/06/2008 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

beautiful scarf! Awesome news about your cousin! And that cat... how cute! such an expressive face too... Love him!!

6/06/2008 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Great scarf in a great color!

6/06/2008 02:01:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Beautiful scarf -- I love the sense of movement. Eva's Shawl is very pretty. I wish I were better at crochet!

Congrats and good luck to your cousin.

6/06/2008 02:56:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Great scarf. I need to work with hemp more. I've made one crocheted necklace with the allhemp6 (not luxury).

Congrats to your cousin!!

6/06/2008 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

Beautiful scarf! The color is awesome. Grumperina's comment cracked me up about your adorable cat.

So neat that your cousin (I typed cat at first) is going to the Olympics!!

6/06/2008 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

What a gorgeous scarf! I love the unusual shape.

6/06/2008 05:30:00 PM  
Blogger Sister Madness said...

So much loveliness!! The big-eyed but small-brained Rocky, the delish scarf, and I must note that the lipstick is fabulous as well!

Wonderful news, both about Simone and RIC. Loads of good vibes headed to all concerned.

6/06/2008 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

Wow- your cousin will have an experience of a life time! Congratulations to her!
Your scarf looks lovely, the color suits you. I like the Eva shawl. I haven't seen a lot of crochet which looks fluffy/airy like this one.
Is your cat measuring if she should eat more cat food, or should go on a diet? :o) In any case she's cute.

6/06/2008 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Oh Karen! I adore the scarf! It looks magnificent on you.

Congratulations to your cousin! And Rocky(?) looks too adorable in that picture. I just want to -squish- him. :)

6/06/2008 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, pretty scarf! At first I thought it was knit; there's a scarf patter (Kureopatra) that has the same funky shapes as Boteh. Love the color.

- MJ

6/07/2008 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Lovely scarf! And grats to you cousin!!!!
I hope the new pain clinic will provide the relief you need.

6/07/2008 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Very cool scarf!

I really hope the pain management program works for you, Karen! Chronic pain is a horrible thing.

Cute cat. I think he's trying to tell you something.

6/07/2008 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

oooh your scarf is lovely and the color is so vibrant!

6/07/2008 08:11:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

You and the scarf are beautiful! I hope the pain mgmt. clinic gives you the help you need.

One more thing... GO SIMONE!!

6/07/2008 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger bellamoden said...


I should try to crochet. ;)


6/08/2008 01:13:00 AM  
Blogger noblinknits said...

I'm really pleased for you about the pain management therapy. That sounds promising and I hope you get some knitting out of it! Great scarf and lipstick xxxxxxxxx

6/08/2008 08:01:00 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I hope the pain mgmt works for you. We have some good specialists in Philadelphia and I've seen them really make a difference. And good for your cousin! That's so exciting!

6/08/2008 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

The color of that scarf is amazing! I love it. That's really exciting news about your couin and for you regarding the pain mgt. therapy too. Good luck and I hope that helps you a lot with the pain you've been experiencing.

6/10/2008 01:22:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Your scarf is just lovely - I love the organic flow of it! And how exciting for your cousin -- and for you to get into a program at the Rehab Institute. I have a good feeling about BOTH adventures! And please tell Rocky "Hi!" from Cody and Cowboy!

6/11/2008 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

Beautiful scarf! That color looks good on you. Best wishes for the Institute - I pray it works out well for you. Congrats to your cousin, too! I'll be watching =)

6/14/2008 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

Rocky's so cute! I loves me a box of kittycat =)

6/14/2008 06:41:00 PM  

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